Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Courtesy of The Dark Wraith (and a result of my insomnia)




"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."

"Theodore Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star", 149
May 7, 1918

5 Comments:

Blogger MichaelBains said...

Excellent quote!

Here's hoping the Dem's recovery is truly such and beautifully so for the country and the world.

Now get some sleep! ;)

3:04 AM  
Blogger PeterofLoneTree said...

My favorite Teddy quote:

"Far better it is to dare mighty things and win glorious triumphs, even though checkered with failure, than to rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much, nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory, or defeat."

6:28 AM  
Blogger BlondeSense Liz said...

Hey nice blog, Minstrel Boy!

Yes, that's a great quote. Too bad the pretzeldent didn't pay attention in school.
Congratulations on Arizona fluffing off the gay marriage ban.

7:03 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Now things are gonna change. The Kool-Aid pitcher is empty.

7:21 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

Yeah but I seem to remember that whole flashback issue that exists with long term acid eating (at least if you did the good stuff) PoP.

Teddy Roosevelt is a hero of mine. He was a unique individual, and like Adams, it is his flaws and the way he faced them honestly and dealt with them that amazes me. He wasn't the best president ever when it came to Indian policy. In a lot of ways his founding of national parks was another huge taking of tribal lands. Still, his sense of fair play while leaving the market place as free as he could was American enterprise at its best.

I worked hard to point out the insanity of the Arizona amendment's reach. It would have outlawed and denied benefits to heterosexual couples as well. I also became fond of pointing out that far from protecting anything all they were going to accomplish is to add our state to the list of consitution's that will require changes as our society changes. Just like the 10 states that had laws against inter-racial marraige written into their constitutions.

7:59 AM  

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